Rare books will be kept in a new restoration facility in the UAE

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Dubai: The Mohammed bin Rashid Library Foundation has signed a cooperation agreement with etisalat by e&, Golden Partner of MBRL, to support and develop an integrated center aimed at providing restoration and technical treatment services for various types of objects rare collectibles, books and manuscripts. This agreement is part of the Library’s efforts to strengthen areas of joint cooperation with all government and private entities.

The signing ceremony took place in the presence of Dr. Mohammed Salem Al Mazrouei, member of the board of directors of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Library Foundation; Abdulla Ibrahim Al Ahmed, Senior Vice President of Corporate and Government Sales at etisalat by e&, as well as a number of managers and staff from both entities.

“The agreement represents a major step in our efforts to strengthen areas of joint cooperation with all governmental and private entities, aimed at preserving and caring for ancient documents, books and manuscripts. This is done through sterilization, treatment and the restoration of library collectibles and treasures, as well as national documentations at the institutional and individual levels.The restoration of documents, manuscripts and books is an integral part of our vision and duty to ensure sustainability of human civilization and the transfer of knowledge and cultural heritage to future generations,” said Dr Al Mazrouei.

Specialized training

“The center will be equipped with the latest modern devices, tools and technology needed to restore MBRL’s documents and books, as well as those of institutions and individuals across the UAE. These services include cleaning, sterilization and completion of missing parts, in addition to digitizing books, maps, manuscripts and other written works, transforming them into digital formats and publishing them to make them available. available to students, scholars and all interested persons. Driven by our vision to make the most of MBRL’s resources, print and digital publications and young workforce, the center team will include a select group of experts and specialists to develop, train and prepare national talent to lead the future of restoration efforts,” he added.

“Today represents an excellent opportunity to highlight the importance of creating channels for the exchange of knowledge in all spheres and specialties, through openness to international organizations and specialized institutions, and the adoption of best practices that meet to the development of innovative solutions, catalyzing a positive cultural movement in Emirati and regional communities, and ultimately aligning with the goals of wise leaders to establish a knowledge-based economy,” Dr. Al Mazrouei concluded.

“We are pleased to sign this partnership agreement with MBRL, which will strengthen joint cooperation with the Library, reflecting our great vision and belief in the importance of concerted efforts to preserve ancient documents, books and manuscripts, thus contributing to the sustainability of humanity’s heritage and civilization across generations,” Al Ahmed said.

“etisalat by e&, one of the world’s leading technology and ICT innovation companies, will provide MBRL with the latest chemical treatment and automated catering units, as well as other state-of-the-art technological means, which guarantee a process of high-quality catering to the best international standards,” Al-Ahmed added.

Under the agreement, etisalat by e& will provide the necessary support for the development of the catering centre, including supply, installation and additional services related to the project, while MBRL will provide the facilities and services stipulated in the partnership.

Center tasks

The center will be equipped with the latest modern devices, tools and technologies necessary for the restoration of documents and books, including cleaning, sterilization, filling of holes and finishing of missing parts, in addition to digitizing books, maps , manuscripts and other written works, transforming them into digital formats and publishing them to make them available to researchers, scientists and students on various electronic platforms.

The restoration center aims to preserve rare books and collectibles as a form of safeguarding human evolution and the continuity of human civilization. This is done by making manuscripts and rare books suitable for display in museums and exhibitions by treating damage and restoring worn parts, without compromising their historical identity. Restoration also ensures the continuation of human civilization as a historical message between past, present and future, and a reflection of human life through different historical stages.

rare collection

Spread over 1,540 square feet, the MBRL features the Treasures of The Library exhibit, which showcases a fascinating collection of rare and ancient books, atlases, manuscripts and documents, some dating back to the 13th century, including early copies of the Holy Quran. , first editions of classic prints and Latin translations of scholarly sources dating from the Islamic Golden Age.

Among the rare pieces on display are the first edition of the Atlas Maior de Blaeu, the first edition of Michel de Montaigne’s “Essays”, as well as the Description of Napoleon’s Egypt, an encyclopedic register of Egyptian history and archeology from Eighteenth century. Additionally, the library has a carefully selected collection of atlases, including the Star Atlas, a Marine Atlas, and a Horse and Falcon Atlas.

The Treasures of the Library exhibition also presents first editions of Arab and international cultures, rare Arab periodicals from the Arab world and beyond, in addition to an impressive collection of signatures of international personalities.

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